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Public Financial Management Expert, Steven Symansky, to Keynote FreeBalance Conference
Former International Monetary Fund Advisor to share good government financial management practices at FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC)
Ottawa, Canada (January 13, 2012) – FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, announced that Steven Symansky, former advisor in the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department will be a keynote speaker at the annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event on January 16-18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Symansky will be speaking about the challenges of developing and sustaining a Financial Management Information System (FMIS) in government. He will describe the process of achieving development partner acceptance of country financial systems, a goal from the recent Busan High Level Forum. This is the second time that Mr. Symansky has provided a keynote presentation at FISC.
“Our government customers will benefit from Mr. Symansky’s deep domain expertise and practical insight on developing and sustaining financial management systems”, said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “This advice will benefit FreeBalance by ensuring that more good practices are embedded within the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 software.”
While at the IMF, Mr. Symansky served as the Deputy Division Chief of the Fiscal Surveillance and Policy Division and the Chief of the Afghanistan Mission where he negotiated the Staff Monitored Program related to the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility. Mr. Symansky has led a number of technical assistance and public expenditure missions to post conflict countries such as Kosovo, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia.
In addition to his remarkable international career, Mr. Symansky is credited to developing IMF’s first world macro- econometric model. He co-authored a well-known paper with George Kopits on Fiscal Policy Rules. Mr. Symansky’s recent discussion paper on donor funding and PFM reform recommended priorities in post-conflict countries. Mr. Symansky graduated with a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
About FISCThe annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from January 16 – 18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Government Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. Previous FISC events were held in Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).